I love Valentine’s day! Did you know Valentine’s day had NOTHING to do with romantic love until around the 14th century? Valentine of Terni was beheaded on February 14th around 278 AD for secretly marrying lovers (soldiers to wives before they left for war) against the wishes of the emperor.
This day was traditionally to honor the great work and sacrifice of a priest but it has since transformed into an overly commercialized holiday where we get hopes disappointed, heart broke, feel loneliness, etc. While I do love receiving and giving presents on Valentine’s Day, I do take a moment to evaluate my love and it’s worth to me. And by that I mean all the relationships in my life that I value -remember it wasn’t about romantic love-. There are people in this world with no one who loves them, no friends, no family, nothing. So I am grateful to have such a large and loving family and a few really good friends.
Do you think about your other relations on Valentine’s day also?
Here’s how we celebrated Valentine’s day!
My husband and I are huge fans of scent candles, my kids love to watch the flames dance and project shadows on the walls. I found this really cute and affordable set of candles on Amazon. These 3 piece La Bellefee candles were only $12.99 and they come in this beautiful gift box with ribbons. It comes in 3 different scents: Rose, Vanilla and Jasmine which are my faves. If you prefer more creative packaging, they have a 4 piece set with scents: Rose, Vanilla, Jasmine and Lavender for only $15.99. This set also comes in a gift box! Which set do you prefer? I personally got both, the 4-piece set for everyday use and the 3 piece set for special days.
We will be having Freshly for dinner. I absolutely love the convenience of delicious pre cooked meals that you can pop in the microwave! I have tried Green Chef and Hello Fresh and Freshly is honestly my fave. If you want to try them, you can use code: DLVR639 to save $20 of your first order of 6 meals. I highly recommend the Chili and the MeatBalls if they are an option. For Valentine’s day we had the Peppercorn Steak and Terriyaki Salmon cakes. We paired this we a bottle of Louis Jadot 2015 Beaujolais-Villages
Chocolates of course and tones of it! Many of you may remember that both my husband and I broke our phone screens in Cancun, I replaced his phone for Valentine’s day, got him new belts for work, brown & black, at home work out equipment and some Ralph Lauren T-shirts which are his favourite to wear for every occasion.
Growing up my family didn’t really celebrate Valentine’s day which is a good thing. I have not Valentine’s day traditions, so I can create my own traditions with my family. My kids are learning that Valentine’s day is about spending time with loved ones. We had family breakfast and lunch for Valentine’s Day, and Hubs and I had dinner alone after the kids went to bed. I think society puts to much pressure on us to find the one and true love, that we often forget that The One, isn’t the only one to love us. You are loved, by family, friends, etc.
Avi Y. R